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Report Card 2010

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Denison University
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Denison University

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Endowment: $687 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Granville, Ohio

Enrollment: 2,080

Type: Private


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
B -
Denison University has formed a multi-stakeholder community to guide the administration in sustainability initiatives. A full-time sustainability coordinator was also recently hired. All appliances purchased are Energy Star-qualified, paper is 100 percent recycled content, and all cleaning products are Green Seal-certified. The university has solidified its commitment to sustainability through a formal policy and its strategic plan.
The university has undertaken energy efficiency projects, including system tune-ups, lighting and window replacements, and freezer and cooler replacements. Signage on campus promotes energy conservation.
Dining services devotes 22 percent of the annual food budget to local purchases. All milk in the dining halls is hormone- and antibiotic-free, and hormone-free poultry and grass-fed beef is also purchased. More than 80 percent of teas and coffee offered on campus are fair trade-certified, and discounts are given to customers with reusable mugs. There are pre- and postconsumer composting programs in most dining halls, as well as a comprehensive recycling program.
The university is committed to building all new construction to LEED Silver standards, and two existing buildings are LEED-certified. Residence hall laundry machines are high-efficiency models, and buildings feature low-flow faucets and showerheads, waterless urinals, and dual-flush toilets.
The Green Team holds energy and water conservation competitions, as well as educational events to promote green living. Additional student groups have worked to reduce water bottle use on campus, encourage the purchase of recycled paper, and promote sustainable dining. A student-run community focuses on ecological sustainability, and sustainability internships are available to students.
The university offers shuttles to local entertainment and shopping areas, and the school's master plan encourages pedestrian traffic.
Denison makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public.
The university aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The university does not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire endowment is invested in mutual funds or other commingled funds.
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